Azelia - Barolo, Cerretta, Serralunga d’Alba 2016 12/750ml

Classification
Red
Country
Italy
Producer
Azelia
Farming
Organic
Bottle Size
750ml
Vintage
2016
Bottles/Case
12
$960
Azelia - Barolo, Cerretta, Serralunga d’Alba 2016 12/750ml

Classification
Red
Country
Italy
Producer
Azelia
Farming
Organic
Bottle Size
750ml
Vintage
2016
Bottles/Case
12
Highlights
• Scavino family's newest cru Barolo planted with selections massale from Bricco Fiasco
Varietals
Nebbiolo
Vineyard
Estate vineyard planted 30 years ago with selections massale from Bricco Fiasco dating back to 1940
Farming
Organic
Vinification
Hand-picked, fermented in vertical stainless steel tanks with native yeasts, macerated with submerged cap for 45/50 days, racked by gravity, no fining or filtering
Aging
24 months in French oak barrels, 10% new
Reviews
• Robert Parker: 96 96+ The newest single-vineyard Barolo to be released by this estate in celebration of its centennial anniversary, the Azelia 2016 Barolo Cerretta offers a rich and slightly sweet quality of primary fruit with cherry, wild plum and summer fig. Like many wines from Serralunga d'Alba, the bouquet tends to unwind in broad, sweeping motions instead of the quickly paced crescendo of high notes that you get in Castiglione Falletto, for example. This wine washes over the palate with rich textural fiber (with very elegant tannins) and an open-knit fabric of dark cherry and blackberry aromas all framed by earthy tones of black truffle and iron ore. This wine represents the efforts of three decades of hard work. Luigi Scavino's father had long dreamed of making a Barolo from Cerretta, but the family waited 30 years to have old, well-established vines. Like the other Baroli from Azelia, fermentations see submerged cap, and skin maceration times are long, up to 60 days. The wine ages in large oak casks for 30 months. Only 3,600 bottles were made of this debut cru.

Luigi Scavino's Azelia is celebrating a big milestone this year with its centennial anniversary (1920–2020). Five generations of the family have carried forth this winemaking legacy. To mark the occasion, Azelia is releasing a new single-vineyard wine, the 2016 Barolo Cerretta. In 1992, Luigi and his father Lorenzo started leasing a 2.5-hectare parcel in Cerretta (in Serralunga d'Alba). The father and son team replanted the site completely, installing new trellising poles and wires, and they ripped up the soil and added rainfall drainage. The Scavinos did all this work and made all these investments at great personal cost, since the land lease would expire one day. However, 12 years later, in 2004, the family succeeded in purchasing the parcel. This site is very special to them, as it is the first vineyard created completely from scratch with massal selection by the Scavinos. Initially, the fruit was used in the classic Barolo blend (a blend of seven crus). Now, nearly 30 years later, Cerretta is finally bottled as a single-vineyard wine, just in time to blow out 100 candles on the winery birthday cake.
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